For the last three years I have had one goal on this site: to pass on the best tips, tools and tutorials I can find about blogging, websites, making money, productivity and social media. So far, so good. But it's time for change.
There are a few things that aren't ideal about this blogging thing and I'm on a quest to make them better. Here's what I don't like and want to improve:
- Information can become irrelevant. Online publishing changes at an insanely rapid pace. Consequently, posts can become obsolete. For example, a while back "fan gates" were all the rage on Facebook, so I wrote a post about it. Now "fan gates" don't even work on Facebook. Knowing that post is sitting in my archives sorta bugs me. I want to make sure the information contained here is updated and relevant, no matter where you enter my blog.
- Information gets lost. The majority of my posts are still relevant, but as we all know, the nature of blogging makes perfectly good posts get buried in the archives. I want to find a more effective way to keep those posts highlighted and easily accessible.
- Information gets unorganized. In many niches, categories and tags do a sufficient job of keeping things organized, but in this niche, where things change and build on each other, I think there's a better way. I want to reorganize and restructure to make this a well-organized reference site so you can find what you need when you need it.
- Information can become narrow in scope. Keeping up with the online world is like drinking from a firehose. I could post multiple times a day and still not cover it all. Worthy-to-be-shared content is everywhere–on other social media sites and other blogs. I want to pass on as much as possible without causing information overload on the blog. I've come up with a solution I think will work.
What I'm doing
There are a few things in the works.
- I'm getting a new, streamlined design (launching in a month or two).
- I'm updating and reorganizing what's already here.
- I'm revamping the main way I communicate with you (more below).
In short, online media is changing and I want to keep up.
What does this mean for you?
I will still post here. And I will keep the tips, tools and tutorials coming. However, most of my tips, tools and tutorials will now come via email. This will allow me to share more tips in a more concise way to both new and seasoned bloggers. Trust me on this. If you already get my emails, you'll see what I mean next week. If you don't already get my emails and you want full access, you can sign up here. (Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time–no hard feelings!)
A sneak peek…
Don't think of this new thing as a newsletter (sounds too stuffy). And it's not just my posts in email form (I'm breaking away from this model). I like to think of this as a useletter. Here are some of the things I've got lined up in the weeks to come:
- The photo resource I've been purposefully keeping secret from you because, well, you'll see.
- A fantastic spreadsheet for those of you who want tons of marketing ideas for your book or ebook.
- Speaking of ebooks, the very simple but brilliant tip to make your Kindle ebook better.
- The interesting tidbit I came across about forms on your site and how you might get better interaction.
- Something to look for when you're considering submitting a guest post on someone else's blog.
- A handy tool to help you make sure you're not breaking Facebook rules on your Page.
- The productivity tip I don't think I'd have the guts to try.
- Plus, I'll share the tweaks I'm making on my own stuff.
- And more. From across the internet. All in bite-size bits.
I think you'll like it.
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